How To Ensure The Air Your Baby Breathes is Clean
Have you recently become a new parent? Or are you about to become one? Whichever the case, when that moment comes your life will change forever. Like all new parents, you’ll want to wrap your new baby in a safe and secure cocoon, no matter the cost. You will do anything to ensure the health and safety of your new baby. Of all the precautions you could take, do you know how beneficial an air purifier can be for you and your baby?
Did you know children breathe in 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults do, which is why minimizing the amount of chemicals and toxins in the air you and your baby breathes are so important.
The purpose of an air filter is to clean and keep clean the air inside your home. This is most often done with filters and collection grids. These filters and collection grids trap bacteria and air particles, preventing them from circulating around inside your home. Of course, clean air is important for all, but it is especially important for new born babies with their tender, fragile lungs.
What problems do air purifiers deal with?
Recent studies have shown that the air inside modern, well-insulated, sealed homes regularly contains higher concentrations of hazardous chemicals than the air outdoors. These high amounts of toxic chemicals inside the home come from several sources, such as pet dander, airborne chemicals, cleaning products, smokers in the home, and off-gassing from furniture and appliances.
If you’re unsure about the quality of air in your home, whether this is due to any of the sources above or a general lack of fresh air throughout the house, do you know the impact this can have on your baby? Poor quality air, resulting from any of these sources can lead to serious health problems if measures are not taken to correct them, and sooner rather than later.
If your baby is especially sensitive or has allergies or asthma, using an air purifier in their vicinity will bring not only sighs of relief but a much happier baby too.
That is why it is important that you do everything in your power to keep the air inside your home, or at least the air inside your child’s room clean and pure. If you are a smoker or a pet owner, the best option will be to quit smoking and/or keep your pets away from the baby, but if that is not an option an air purifier will go a long way towards making sure the air your baby breathes is as clean as possible.
How Do I Choose An Air Purifier?
When considering the purchase of an air purifier you need to be aware that all machines are not the same. There are several different types, including: HEPA purifiers, activated carbon air filters, ionizer purifiers, ultraviolet light (UV) generators, and ozone generators.
Some of these are much more efficient than others, while certain types of purifier are definitely not safe for a new baby.
Which air purifier should I avoid?
As their name suggests, ozone generators, release ozone into the air, so do your research carefully. Many Ionizer purifiers also emit ozone as a by-product. If you find an air purifier that releases ozone, dismiss it immediately. Ozone is a known respiratory irritant and is bad for the condition known as asthma. Ozone can also cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, and throat irritation, especially in the very young.
A safe type of air purifier for babies
By a country mile, the best type of air purifier to clean the air your baby breathes is the type that has a true HEPA filter and activated carbon filter (containing 2lbs or more of charcoal or alumina is recommended). These machines filter and trap chemicals and airborne particles that can be in the air our babies breathe. Since young babies lungs are so vulnerable, it is important to keep the air as clean as possible.
HEPA air purifiers will do this for you. They are designed to operate constantly (24/7), are usually cheap to run and invariably quiet in operation, which means they won’t disturb you or your babies sleep while the air you both breathe will be as clean as you can make it.